Everything you need to know about the new Jane Austen £10 polymer note

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 15 Sep 2017

The new Jane Austen £10 polymer note entered into circulation yesterday (Thursday, September 14).

A portrait of 18th-century author Jane Austen features on the new tenner. It was painted by her nephew after her death in 1817.

However, the portrait is based on an original sketch drawn by her sister Cassandra Austen.

You can continue to use the paper £10 note, featuring Charles Darwin, until it is withdrawn from circulation in Spring 2018.

Here is everything you need to know about the new tenner.

What is different about the polymer £10 note to the paper one?

The paper £10 note (Image: Image: AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRIS RATCLIFFECHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Image)

The Bank of England unveiled the new tenner at an event in July on the 200th anniversary of the writer's death, it took place at Winchester Cathedral, where the famous author was buried.

The note is printed on polymer, and is the first Bank of England note with a 'tactile feature', which means it has been designed with a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner to help blind and partially sighted people identify the value of it.

Just like the £5 note, which came into circulation in September 2016, the new tenner is also made of polymer. Not only is the material safer and cleaner than paper, it is also expected to last at least 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around five years in total.

A quote from Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice features on the note, it reads: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" (Miss Bingley, Chapter 11).

Why has Jane Austen been chosen as the face of it?

The Bank of England announced that Austen would feature on the note in July 2013. At the time, more than 35,000 people had signed a petition calling for a woman to be the face of the £10.

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England said: "Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes.

"Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.

"As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields."

Aside from the Queen, Austen is the only woman to be featured on a British bank note.

What are its security features?

Security features on the £10 note include:

  • A see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait.
  • Winchester Cathedral shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back.
  • A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange.
  • A hologram which contains the word 'Ten' and changes to 'Pounds' when the note is tilted.
  • A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted.
  • A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letter JA.
  • Micro-lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope.
  • The words 'Bank of England' printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note.

Victoria Cleland, the bank’s chief cashier said: "The new £10 note marks the next exciting step in our introduction of cleaner, safer, stronger polymer banknotes, and I am grateful to the cash industry for their work towards a smooth transition. I am delighted that the Jane Austen £10 note incorporates an innovative tactile feature, which I hope will greatly benefit blind and partially sighted users."



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